A celebration to honour homeless charity volunteers
PUBLISHED: 14:14 04 June 2018
A special presentation was held in King’s Lynn to applaud the efforts of those who give up their time to help the homeless and vulnerable.
On Monday, June 4, volunteers of homeless charity the Purfleet Trust were presented with certificates by West Norfolk mayor Nick Daubney.
It marks the beginning of Volunteers Week, which celebrates the contribution made by volunteers across the UK.
“Having made the trust one of my charities during my year of office it was most appropriate that this presentation should be one of my first duties,” said Mr Daubney.
“I know well the kind of commitment volunteers give and was determined that if I ever became mayor, the trust would be one of my charities.
“It has been good to meet the caring people who are involved in its work and already they have demonstrated that my choice was a sound one.”
More than 40 people give up their time to volunteer at the Purfleet Trust, carrying out a variety of tasks ranging from hairdressing to administration.
“The trust is just a lovely place to be,” said Emma Amir, from Clenchwarton, who teaches reading and writing. “You feel you are doing something really worthwhile.
Ms Amir said being a full-time carer for her husband meant she could not work full-time, but added: “I wanted to find something where I could feel a bit useful and spend a few hours a week out of the house doing something other than caring.”
Chris Dunn, 22, said he had been homeless and the charity helped him to find a flat.
He has been volunteering with the Purfleet Trust for nearly three years helping out with tasks in the kitchen and with deliveries.
He said: “I thought I would give something back because they have helped me, it means a lot to me.
“They are all such great people, all of the staff are amazing.”
Volunteer driver Antanas Luode, 68, was left unable to work after suffering two strokes which damaged the left side of his body. But he did not let that stop him from volunteering with the trust.
Mr Luode drives Purfleet Trust staff to the houses they administer and carries out general delivering and collecting for the housing team.
“I want to contribute,” he said. “And though I can no longer work I can drive.”